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The launch of a new Pinarello creates near pandemonium amongst the tifosi, mainly because a new Pinarello combines every aspect of cycling – history, beauty, performance, drama, racing, exclusivity, excess and yes, expense. The new Dogma F8, the bike SKY will ride to defend their back-to-back Tour victories this summer is no exception. But there is another reason the launch of this Pinarello in particular is so exciting, the bike it replaces, the Dogma 65.1 Think2 was not only beautiful, expensive and rare, it was an absolute masterpiece of performance. It combined full throttle acceleration and aggressive handling with impeccable road manners and graceful lines.
The Dogma F8 was designed hand in hand with Jaguar, a fact that must have Enzo Ferrari turning in his grave. Which means in addition to being lighter and stiffer, it is also more aero. It seems Pinarello has followed Trek’s lead and reinvented its grand tour racer as a combination aero and road platform, unlike Specialized, Felt, and most other brands that have kept the categories decidedly separate.
Pinarello is sending a new Dogma F8 for road test very soon. Until we turn the pedals in anger and can tell you if this bike surpasses the Dogma 65.1 Think 2, we’ll give you the information we have gleaned from the materials disseminated by Pinarello themselves. Here is your ‘Need To Know’ for the new Pinarello Dogma F8.
Need To Know
• We’ve got the numbers. According to Pinarello the bike is 12% stiffer, 120grams lighter, and 47% more aerodynamic than its predecessor.
• Pinarello also claims it is 16% more balanced, meaning they have backed off on the profound assymetery of the Dogma 65.1 Think2 frame’s tube shapes.
• The new Fork is less ‘Onda’ with fewer waves making it 40grams lighter and twice as aero.
• The new F8 uses Toray1100 ultra-high modulus carbon in a 1k weave. T800 is considered high and a few bikes, like the Cipollini RB1K, used T1000. This one goes to ‘11’ as they say. Of course the T1100 is only used in strategic areas, the F8 still relies on a mix of carbon modulus, like any good bike.
• To create the aero savings Pinarello used a tube shape they call ‘FlatBack’. They have trademarked the name, not the tube shape, since it is basically a Kammtail truncated airfoil like Trek and SCOTT use on their Madone and FOIL respectively.
• By losing 120grams a 54cm Dogma F8 weighs 860grams without paint or hardware. Add paint and hardware and the bike is going to be over 900grams, not a head turner on the scale. Previously the extra weight of a Pinarello was used to tune the bike’s magical ride quality, hopefully that hasn’t been lost with the 120grams.
• Many new features exist, like the integration of fork and frame, new internal cable ports with aero exits, electronic specific head tube shaping, integrated seat post clamp and much more. We’ll wait for our test bike to arrive to dig into these details.
As exciting and beautiful as the new Dogma F8 appears, a Pinarello has always earned its price tag on the road. No other bike rides quite like a Pinarello, and in our experience, no other bike goes downhill as confidently and rapidly as a Pinarello. If the Dogma F8 can preserve these qualities while becoming more lively, more aerodynamic and lighter, the Dogma F8 frame will indeed be worth its $5750 price tag. And that is truly saying something.